3. Depth at Cornerback
While Darius Slay and James Bradberry will certainly help the Eagles defend the Cowboys’ air game, they are only two people. In theory, the Cowboys will have three strong wide receivers to send out against Philly.
If CeeDee Lamb plays in the slot, which he’s expected to for at least some snaps, Avonte Maddox will likely have a hard time containing him. The Eagles cornerback is decent but has limited experience and hasn’t thrived in any of his four years in the league. Maddox may have his moments, but it’s unlikely he will be able to shut down Lamb for a full four quarters.
Maddox is also only 5-9 and 184 pounds. Lamb is 6-2. The size mismatch alone will cause problems for the cornerback. The problem is that if Maddox can’t get it done, the depth behind him isn’t very helpful. Zech McPhearson started one game in 2021 and Josiah Scott hasn’t started a single game in two years.
The hope is that the Cowboys have figured out their wide receiver trio well before Week 6 when they play the Eagles for the first time. Plus, the hope is that Michael Gallup will be healthy and back in the lineup by then as well.